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World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 26: "Palmer vs. Almeida" airs live on NBC Sports Network TONIGHT (Fri., Dec. 18, 2015) from "The Chelsea" at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main event of the evening is another chance for one of WSOF's most successful fighters, Featherweight champion Lance Palmer, to prove he deserves his spot at the top of the 145-pound mountain when he battles a new contender, Alexandre de Almeida.

It will mark Palmer's first title defense since winning the belt over the summer, where he executed a picture-perfect submission against long-time MMA veteran Chris Horodecki. He draws a dangerous foe in Almeida, though, with 13 out of 17 wins (76 percent) via submission, coming into the main event on a four-fight win streak.

WSOF 26 promises plenty of additional fight potential atop the marquee, with a key Lightweight bout between Ozzy Dugulubgov and Nic Herron-Webb, former UFC fight Robbie Peralta against Sheymon Moraes at Featherweight, and the undefeated Bekbular Magomedov vs. 'Gentleman' Josh Hill at Bantamweight.

All of the action-packed WSOF 26 televised bouts air this evening on NBC Sports starting at 9 p.m. ET! will deliver LIVE results and real-time play-by-play coverage of WSOF 26: "Palmer vs. Almeida" below, including "Prelims" undercard action that starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 26) about the bouts before you leave and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show -- it's always a lot of fun!


Lance Palmer {c} vs. Alexandre de Almeida -- Almeida UD 48-47 X3.
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Nic Herron-Webb -- Dugulubgov UD 30-27 X3.
Josh Hill vs. Bekbulat Magomedov -- Hill SD 28-29, 30-27, 30-27.
Robbie Peralta vs. Sheymon Moraes -- Moraes TKO 3:21 R2.
Jake Heun vs. Clinton Williams -- Heun SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Danny Davis Jr. -- Nurmagomedov 30-27 X2, 29-28.
Johnny Nunez vs. David Jordan -- Nunez UD 30-27 X2, 30-26.
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov -- DRAW - 29-28 Magomedov, 28-28 X2.
Gil Guardado vs. Giga Chikadze -- Guardado UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.


Lance Palmer {c} vs. Alexandre de Almeida

Round 1: Even though this is a title fight we didn't get fighter introductions. At least that's consistent since we didn't for any of the other televised bouts. Palmer is in the black trunks, Almeida is in the black and white. Palmer is 10-1 as the reigning and defending Featherweight champion, Almeida is 17-5 as the challenger. 'Big' John McCarthy is our ref. Almeida goes out of a submission on a Palmer takedown when he had top control, and Palmer had to muscle his way out of danger. Almeida fires off leg kicks as Palmer circles. Almeida takes a hard shot and then slaps his chest and begs for more from Palmer. Palmer with another takedown at 3:32 and briefly has full mount. Almeida gets full guard at 3:50. Chael Sonnen lets it slip that he was at the UFC TUF tryouts last week and saw Almeida workout with Jacare. I'd give that round to Palmer 10-9.

Round 2: Almeida's corner warned him to be careful with the kicks between rounds, saying they were opening up Palmer's takedowns. Almeida went for a judo throw and Palmer landed on his feet. Almeida pushes Palmer toward the cage and drops levels. If he thought taking a wrestler like Palmer down was easy think again. McCarthy breaks the stalemate at 2:06. Palmer runs in and lands a left. Palmer throws a cartwheel kick. Palmer single legs Almeida at 2:52. Almeida gets back up and goes for a guillotine. He lets it go and Almeida lands a punch to the face before Palmer can back out of range. Almeida throws combos and Palmer nearly takes him down again on another kick. Palmer lands a left hook, catches a kick and gets another takedown. Palmer keeps control around the waist when Almeida stands and lets him go at 4:35. This was a much closer round for Almeida.

Round 3: Party rock is in the house tonight -- or at least Sky Blu of LMFAO is. He mugs for the cameras at cageside before R3 gets underway. Palmer puts a big left on Almeida's chin at 1:10. Almeida stuffs a takedown attempt at 2:18. Even though Almeida is the bigger man and has the better range, he has trouble finding the range, and when he does Palmer takes him down at 3:20 then lets him back up. Almeida lands a grazing right hook as Palmer is moving away. Almeida lands a much better one with under 20 seconds to go. Almeida is fighting the Nick Diaz strategy and it's working - he's just landing more blows than Palmer is even if they aren't all cracking him.

Round 4: Palmer needs to turn it up for these last two rounds and either outstrike Almeida or get him down and not let him get back up. Palmer is still letting Almeida be the pressure fighter though, circling and looking for openings. In each exchange Almeida lands first. Almeida knows that right hand is there now whenever he wants it. It's mystifying why Palmer wants to circle at this point. Palmer gets the takedown and has the back with two minutes left, and Almeida gives up the full mount as he rolls, then gets half guard back under 90 seconds left. McCarthy calls for work at 3:56. Palmer throws shots at the ribs. Almeida tries to trap the left arm for a submission and Palmer rides out the round.

Round 5: Palmer gets a takedown 1:06 into R5 then grabs the neck as his opponent stands, and tags Almeida with a hard left when he lets it go. Palmer goes in for a single leg and completes it at 2:15, and he's on Almeida's right side grinding away. Left hands and elbows connect. Almeida gets back up at 3:12. Almeida finally looks like he's feeling being in a title fight by his stance and the look on his face, while Palmer still seems as fresh as he did in the first round. Now it's Palmer pushing forward and Almeida circling. Palmer gets a takedown at 4:14 and that would be a wrap. Palmer clearly wins this round - but does he win the fight? Three officials at cageside will decide.

Final result: The judges score this contest 48-47 X3 for the winner by unanimous decision and NEW champion Alexandre de Almeida.


Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Nic Herron-Webb

Round 1: Herron-Webb is in the Alaska trunks, Dugulubgov is in the white and blue Hayabusa trunks. The latter lands a spinning body kick early in this fight. Dugulubgov is 7-2 and Herron-Webb is 18-6. Dugulubgov gets the takedown and busts Herron-Webb over the left eyebrow. Herron-Webb can do nothing but slap Dugulubgov's ears. Dugulubgov pushes him toward the fence. Herron-Webb looks like he's in a world of misery with Dugulubgov grinding away on top, he tries to sweep, but the fence helps Dugulubgov put him right back down again. Mark Smith stands them up at 4:06 for inactivity and has a doctor check on Herron-Webb's cut. He wipes away the blood and the fight continues. That's literally all he did. Dugulubgov is throwing the kitchen sink at Herron-Webb - spinning back kick, uppercut, you name it. Dominant 10-9 round for Dugulubgov.

Round 2: Dugulubgov cracks Herron-Webb with a right hook early. He hurts Herron-Webb with a left hook, but was swinging so hard that Herron-Webb wound up on top, but Dugulubgov gets back up quickly and easily and pops out of a guillotine attempt after a takedown. Mark Smith calls for work at 2:08. Smith calls for work again and Dugulubgov lands a few short left hands. He stands them up at 2:56. Inside leg trip by Dugulubgov at 3:17. Smith calls for work again at 4:03. Herron-Webb tries to get his legs around Dugulubgov's neck to no avail. Another 10-9 Dugulubgov.

Round 3: Todd Harris wishes us happy holidays to open R3. I'll be even happier if we get a finish like Moraes did in the last fight. Herron-Webb pokes Dugulubgov in the eye at 1:13 and we need the doctor again. He checks things over and declares everything is good to go. Herron-Webb eats a back kick, says bring it on, and Dugulubgov brings the on by taking Herron-Webb off his feet. Mark Smith will undoubtedly stand them up at some point, but at this point it's hard to blame Dugulubgov for this strategy -- land some good shots standing then exercise safe top control when you're in a fight with a guy known for his submissions. As expected they're stood up at 3:10. Another takedown at 3:24. Unless Herron-Webb can pull a submission out of his posterior this fight is over. He tried to crank an arm late to no avail.

Final result: All three judges score it 30-27 for Ozzy Dugulubgov by unanimous decision.


Josh Hill vs. Bekbulat Magomedov

Round 1: As with the last fight introductions were done off air. Hill is 12-1, Magomedov is 16-0. Hill is the older fighter at 29-25, but Magomedov has a 3.5" reach advantage. John McCarthy is our referee. Hill is in the white trunks and Magomedov the black. After 90 seconds of dancing and sparring Hill  puts Magomedov on the fence but he quickly works his way free. Magomedov fires a leg kick. Hill bounces around on his feet like a boxer. Hill blocks multiple takedown attempts by Magomedov. Hill sprawls and fires a knee at 3:51. Hill gets a takedown at 4:41 but it lasted a second or less. This was a nothing round for both men.

Round 2: Mini-Faber (with the cornrows to match) is letting Magomedov move toward him and firing counter shots. Magomedov misses with a jumping knee at 2:01. Hill fires off a four fight combo and I'm not sure one landed. Magomedov rolls backward at 2:25 to avoid a takedown. Magomedov lands a hard hand to the body at 2:45. Hill ties him up on the fence. Magomedov breaks free at 3:07. Magomedov is pressuring but he needs to land more often to make it clear he's winning these rounds. If either guy could get a takedown and sit on top for 30 seconds, even if they did absolutely nothing on top, you'd at least feel like they did something definitive to score the round in their favor. That doesn't happen here.

Round 3: Neither of the announcers can pick a winner so far in the fight as the third round gets underway. That's telling. Hill gets a takedown at 52 seconds. Magomedov is back up six seconds later. They break at 1:12. Hill sprawls to block Magomedov's takedown attempt. Magomedov forces Hill to maneuver side to side near the cage until he pushes his way out at 1:55. Leg kick by Hill. Hill ducks a punch and clinches, Magomedov throws knees at the legs, they lean on the cage and fans lean on their seats. They break and circle. This is like a sparring session. 90 seconds to go. "They're both being patient Bas." No -- they're both being boring. Sometimes this job is harder work than the fights. Hill gets a takedown at 4:15 and jumps to the back at 4:28. That's the most dominant thing anybody did this entire fight. Is it enough to edge the decision to Hill? It might be. Mini-Faber looks for a RNC but time expires.

Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Magomedov, 30-27 Hill, 30-27 for Hill by split decision.


Robbie Peralta vs. Sheymon Moraes

Round 1: As with our other NBC Sports fights these men were introduced off the air. Seeing Jazz Securo's introductions would at least break up the monotony at this point. Moraes is in the white trunks and Peralta is in the blue. Kim Winslow is our ref. Moraes is 7-1 with his only loss coming to Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes. Peralta is 18-6 (1 NC) and comes to us from UFC following a loss to Clay Guida earlier this year. Both men are throwing kicks for the first two minutes. Moraes is the bigger looking man -- it's not hard to see why Ray Sefo said he's probably staying at Featherweight from this point on. Peralta knocks him off his feet with a kick but Moraes springs right back up. Moraes is beginning to pressure Peralta toward the fence. Moraes is also setting up punch and kick combos. Peralta jabs his way back to the center and then misses with a head kick. Moraes shoots for a single at 4:36. It's not there. They trade knees until Winslow breaks them at the end of R1.

Round 2: Kick kick kick kick. Winslow's pony tail sways in the breeze as both men cut the air with their toes. Bas Rutten is critiquing the fact that so many of the kicks are single shots with no follow up. Chael Sonnen says something about Peralta knocking out horses. I think I'd rather watch that than another fight that goes to the judges. Kick kick kick. Moraes may at least make the judges feel he's winning simply by being the man who makes the other backpedal more. Moraes opens up with the hands, lands a big left hook AND THIS FIGHT IS OVER. We FINALLY have a finish.

Final result: Sheymon Moraes wins via TKO at 3:21 of the second round


Jake Heun vs. Clinton Williams

Round 1: The fighters were introduced off air before the NBC Sports broadcast. Heun has black trunks and red gloves, Clinton Williams black trunks and blue gloves. Heun is pressuring Williams toward the fence and landing big shots. Williams throws a spinning kick to create some distance. Heun continues to head hunt on the short notice replacement Williams. Heun was originally set to face Tyrone Spong, but when is the last time WSOF announced a Spong fight and it actually took place? It has to be about two years now. Heun knocks Williams down at 2:43 and quickly pounces. He body slams Williams as he works his way to side control. He gets in a couple of hammerfists and a head kick as Williams gets back up, and the ref calls time thinking he might have hit Williams while he was in the three point stance with that kick, but replay shows otherwise. He issues no warning and takes no point even though he can't see that NBC Sports replay. Williams lands his best punch so far at 4:15. Heun knocks Williams to a knee with a body kick, Williams tries to single leg him to survive, and Heun holds him up until R1 ends. 10-9 Heun.

Round 2: Heun lands a right hand right as R2 opens. Williams tries a spinning backfist. Heun responds in kind. Heun throws a jumping head kick and Williams takes him down and busts him in the mouth with a right elbow on top. Heun goes for a triangle and Williams lets him back up at 1:50 to avoid it. Heun with a nice head kick at 2:43. Williams throws an overhand right, and another, but Heun seems to be fine. Williams gets his hands up to avoid a knee then charges forward with a left hook. Williams goes down and Heun pounds on him looking for a stoppage. Heun has the full mount at 4:14. Heun has a kimura attempt at 4:32 but lets go. Williams has half guard off the attempt. Another 10-9 Heun.

Round 3: Williams uses body and leg kicks early in R3, and Heun goes high with a head kick and throws a left hook behind it. Leg kick by Heun. Left hook by Williams. Williams throws a punch so hard at 1:36 he falls down - and quickly gets back up. Heun with a body kick, Williams with a takedown at 1:57 off it, Heun is back up seconds later. Heun goes for a double leg and Williams blocks it. They break at 2:31. Both men are sweaty and tired now. Heun ducks a wild swing by Williams at 3:30. Leg kick by Heun. Williams ducks a big right by Heun and they clinch. Williams lands a knee as the ref calls for both men to improve. Williams turns him around, Heun breaks free. Williams drops levels to pick him up and runs across the ring carrying him to throw him down. If he was auditioning for WWE that was great but it's not helping him win this fight. In fact it wasted 10 seconds he could have been doing something. We go to the judges.

Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Heun, 29-28 Williams, 29-28 for Heun by split decision.


Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Danny Davis Jr.

Round 1: Davis is in the gray trunks with black trim for this fight. Nurmagomedov is sporting the blue and white Hayabusa trunks. David is 11-9-1 and fights out of Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov is 10-1 and fights out of Mahachkala, Russia. Our referee in charge is Kim Winslow. Nurmagomedov only takes 20 seconds before he swarms Davis, but Davis sprawls to block a takedown and pushes Nurmagomedov to the fence, which Nurmagomedov muscles his way out of. He continues to chase Davis throwing leather and puts him against the fence at 1:02 seeking a single leg takedown. He finally sweeps Davis to the ground at 1:20 and is in full guard, wasting little time moving to half as Davis tries to use the fence to get back up. Nurmagomedov jumps to his back, Davis stands up, he gets thrown down but gets up with a wide stance to block another takedown. Winslow warns Nurmagomedov twice to let go of the cage. Nurmaagomedov gets another takedown at 3:31 and takes the back with hooks in. Davis complains about something to Winslow. Winslow gives a back of the head warning to Nurmagomedov. Davis tries to explode out at 4:40 but can't get up so he fishes for a leg and can't get that either. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.

Round 2: Davis tries to use his height and reach to keep Nurmagomedov at bay as R2 gets underway. Nurmagomedov is able to leap in with a left or a right hand when he wants to overcome the reach. A head kick from Davis is checked at 1:46. Winslow's pony tail flies back and forth as she blocks our view on camera. Davis and Nurmagomedov work their way to the fence at 2:38. The action stalls. No advantage gained, they break and strike. Nurmagomedov works some leg kicks and jabs. Nurmagomedov catches a kick and takes him down with seconds left in R2.

Round 3: It looks like we're going to our fourth straight decision. Nurmagomedov single legs Davis to the ground 56 seconds into R3. Davis stands back up but Nurmagomedov traps the head and fires off a knee. Winslow warns Nurmagomedov not to grab the fence again. Davis gets a warning too when he grabs the cage as Nurmagomedov tries to pull him down from behind. He has to resort to foot stomps instead. Nurmagomedov gets moved away from the cage and restarted at the center with a warning, but Winslow does not take a point away. Bas Rutten seems to think making grabbing the fence legal could be a good rules change. Nurmagomedov with another takedown at 3:41. Davis' corner screams at him to go for broke with 30 seconds left. He can do nothing. We're going to the judges.

Final result: The judges score this fight 30-27 X2 and 29-28 all for Nurmagomedov.


Johnny Nunez vs. David Jordan

Round 1: Jordan has on blue trunks for this Lightweight bout. Johnny Nunez is rocking the white trunks. Jazz Securo is rocking the Las Vegas Strip pimp suit. Jordan is 3-3 and fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada in his Decagon debut. Nunez is 5-1 and fighting out of Las Vegas by way of Mountain Home, Idaho. John McCarthy is our ref. Nunez and Jordan are both quick to throw strikes. Nunez slips as he goes for a head kick then misses with a spinning elbow. Nunez and Jordan spin around in a clinch near the fence until Jordan can press him into it, a position Nunez quickly sweeps and Jordan sweeps right back. They trade knees in clinch as McCarthy looks on. Nunez is having a little more success of the two, Jordan tries to throw him, but Nunez pops right back up. McCarthy calls for more work as Jordan pushes him into the fence again with a minute left. They break of their own accord at 4:17. Head kick by Nunez at 4:40. Very close first round.

Round 2: Nunez knocks Jordan down with a kick 32 seconds into R2 and follows with a straight left when he gets back up. Left hooks by Nunez find the mark. Body kick by Nunez and the two tie up to trade knees. They break at 1:37. Nunez with an excellent combo at 2:42. Jordan seems to be reacting this round, letting Nunez get off first in any exchange. Nice knee from Nunez and another clinch, with Jordan considering and abandoning a single leg attempt. They move to the center and Nunez pushes Jordan to the outside using kicks. This round definitely goes to Nunez.

Round 3: Jordan gets taken down 17 seconds into R3 after he threw a flurry at Nunez. Jordan ties him up to avoid damage but can't shake him loose, and McCarthy hasn't called for the standup so far. He's pacing back and forth though looking to see more improvement by either man. Jordan gets back to his feet at 2:58 and goes for a leg lock when Nunez puts him back down. Nunez avoids it and smothers Jordan again at 3:40. That's how R3 goes save for the last 10 seconds standing, and Nunez should get the decision from the judges.

Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 X2, 30-26 all for Johnny Nunez.


Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov

Round 1: Magomedov is in the blue and white Hayabusa trunks for tonight's fight. Dawodu is in the black trunks for this bout. Magomedov is 7-0 out of Makhachkala, Russia. Daowdu is 5-0 out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our referee in charge of this fight is Mark Smith. Magomedov quickly adopts a stance with his left leg way forward and his hands up high. Dawodu controls the center. Magomedov shoots for a single leg and completes the takedown, working toward side control at 1:25 but one leg still trapped in guard. He could also pull the right leg through and get full mount. Dawodu sweeps him and stands back up at 2:03. Dawodu backs him up toward the fence with right hands. He lands a hard knee but Magomedov takes him down off it at 2:50. Magomedov stands up holding his legs and fires a combo as Dawodu's chin. He stands at 3:51 looking to do it again as Dawodu holds into his wrists. Dawodu tries to kick him off at 4:17 with no success. Magomedov takes his back in a scramble in the closing seconds for the exclamation point on a 10-9 round.

Round 2: Dawodu is once again trying to press Magomedov toward the fence to start R2, but that just opens up the counter takedowns when he overextends himself. Sure enough Magomedov gets him to the ground again at 1:03. Dawodu escapes this time, which he desperately needed to do, and he lands a good right standing at 1:50. Good combo by Dawodu at 2:23. Magomedov goes in for a single leg and Dawodu hops around until he finally gets slammed down at 2:44. Magomedov works his way to side control, spins his way to the back at 3:59, but Dawodu is able to get back up and break free at 4:15. Dawodu gives chase and lands a knee. Magomedov takes him down again at 4:44 and finishes R2 on top. 10-9 Magomedov.

Round 3: Magomedov looks a little tired to start the third round, taking his time to come back in when the ref signals for action. Dawodu gives chase but eats some left jabs. Chael Sonnen briefly joins the commentary and has Magomedov up 2-0. Dawodu fires off body shots as his corner screams for a knockout, and he lands his best shot of the fight at 1:33. Magomedov goes for the single leg and trips Dawodu to the ground at 1:59, but Dawodu is back up seconds later and you can see Magomedov breathing hard as he backpedals. Magomedov's only option now seems to be to tie Dawodu up, but he can't hold onto him forever. Dawodu is doing a good job of stuffing the takedowns now. Dawodu keeps peppering Magomedov with shots. Magomedov ties him up on the fence until the 4 minute mark. Bas Rutten thinks Dawodu might be doing enough to earn a 10-8 and score a draw. Magomedov flops to his back and Dawodu backs off and forces him to stand up with 17 seconds left. Dawodu with a hard knee. Left hooks against the fence but it's not enough. Dawodu definitely won the third round.

Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Magomedov, and 28-28 X2 for a majority draw


Gil Guardado vs. Giga Chikadze

Round 1: Chikadze is in black trunks and blue gloves for our opening bout in his WSOF debut. He fights out of Huntington Beach, California by way of Tbilisi, Georgia. Guardado is in red trunks and red gloves fighting out of Las Vegas by way of West Covina, California with a record of 4-1. Our referee in charge is Kim Winslow. Guardado ends up on top but Chikadze is more than happy to throw upward kicks off his back. Guardado avoids significant damage and looks to pass the guard as Winslow looks on. He tries his best to get in left hands to the head while Chikadze tries in turn to tie up his arms. More up kicks at 4:13 as both men end up against the fence. Guardado flattens him out for the final 30 seconds landing elbows from half guard and working his way to a 10-9 round.

Round 2: Guardado and Chikadze circle and strike for the opening 58 seconds of R2 until Guardado lands another takedown into full guard. Guardado lands some good elbows and fists whenever he can break Chikadze's grip on the bottom, and he's trying to soften up Chikadze with some body shots. He fires off a series of big left hands at the halfway mark and passes to full mount at 2:56. Chikadze momentarily gives up his back and is able to get half guard back in the transitions. Guardado splits his forehead with an elbow over the right eye. He gets full mount again at 4:40 but loses it. This fight is increasingly one sided and Guardado almost certainly has a 2-0 lead going into the third.

Round 3: The doctor checks out Chikadze's cut and clears him to continue for our third and final round. Bas Rutten admits Chikadze needs a finish now to win this fight. Chikadze lands a hard leg kick and then goes up top as Guardado backs off. Chikadze keeps on firing the leg kicks and Guardado doesn't seem to have an answer. Chikadze lands the left and a head kick at 2:02 and not surprisingly Guardado gets a takedown 12 seconds later. He has the full mount at 2:33 and he's punishing Chikadze again, though he gets him back to full guard at 2:54. Chikadze tries to scoot backward through the center of the Decagon but can't peel Guardado off. Guardado controls his body position against the fence for the final 30 seconds to seal the deal.

Final result: The judges score this 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Gil Guardado.